Discussion Questions: Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain

Artwork image, Marcel Duchamp Fountain

Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, 1917/1964; collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of Phyllis C. Wattis; © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp; photo: Ben Blackwell

  1. This work is made out of everyday materials. How does the choice of materials contribute to your reaction to the piece?
  2. How does this work compare to your expectations of what a work of art should be, or should look like?
  3. Why might an artist make a work that challenges our ideas of what art is?

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